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JAP: Fact Checking34215/1894/2021/1/55
Study guide

JAP: Fact Checking

34215/1894/2021/1/55
Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • International programmes Management and Communication
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 4 credits
Teaching staff: Frateur Wouter
Languages: Dutch
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.10.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: This course unit is eligible for compensation according to the compensated fail criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.

Caution

This information is subject to possible future changes in the Corona-measures.

Short description

In Spring 2019 we ran the first edition of the pan-European fact-checking project EUfactcheck (www.eufactcheck.eu). 20 European journalism schools investigated claims by politicians in the (social) media on European themes in the run-up to the EU elections. We continue the project. You use online tools, you interview experts who can confirm - or not - the claim you are investigating.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course content

Within the pan-European EUfactcheck project (www.eufactcheck.eu) you perform 4 factchecks. You investigate 4 claims on European themes politicians and other public figures are stating in the (social) media.
In factchecking it is all about finding out whether a claim is true, mostly true, mostly false or false. And maybe you will find out that a statement can't be checked in full. It remains 'uncheckable'.
You will have to talk to experts who can help you assess the claims, you will read research reports, you will dive into internet to find out if there is material confirming the claim you are investigating. And imagine how proud you will when you find out that a politician is quoting numbers that are really not accurate.
Besides the 4 factchecks, you write 2 blog posts in which you talk about your experiences, reflections and thoughts while you were factchecking.
With the project we want to contribute to a public debate that is based on facts and not on emotions, half truths and lies, as we have seen in the Brexit discussion and still see in the debate on e.g. migration and climate change.

Evaluation (text)

You perform the assignments in Factchecking in a small group of 3-4 students. You will be permanently assessed: your contribution to the fact-checking process (60%) and the final products you present (40%).